So, Hollywood is actually going through with adapting Naruto into a live-action movie. The official announcement was made at Jump Festa, where Lionsgate revealed their plans to the world.
Lionsgate is having Michael Gracey direct the film, which would be his second directorial credit. Gracey has worked as a visual effects supervisor on The Magician and Ned Kelly. 2017's The Greatest Showman will be his first directorial credit.
Despite a new director, Masashi Kishimoto stated that he will personally be involved with the production of Naruto. Maybe this could lead to good things?
However, fans are not having anything to with the announcement. Given the bad track record for live-action adaptations both Japanese and Hollywood, you can't really blame the negativity.
can't wait for the live action naruto movie to cast 80 white people and 1 asian girl as i dunno tenten BUT with a streak of blue in her hair— SungWon Cho (ProZD) (@prozdkp) December 17, 2016
new hollywood Naruto movie be like pic.twitter.com/mzKSclwrk1— Kat Tsai (@Chuwenjie) December 19, 2016
If the Naruto live action Hollywood movie sucks with Kishimoto being involved then it'll be a bigger fail than Dragon Ball evolution— Fornever (@ForneverWorld) December 17, 2016
if THE ROCK isn't in the naruto live action movie then i'm gonna boycott pic.twitter.com/hAK3crMK4t— hades' husband™ (@itachicken) December 18, 2016
Live action Hollywood Naruto movie in the works. This will probably be the cast. pic.twitter.com/Auj1mC70Qq— Geeks Of Color (@GeeksOfColor) December 17, 2016
It's really clear that this is going to be an up-hill battle. Naruto has no release window, which is probably the best thing about the news. This will give Lionsgate and company enough time to (hopefully) put something together that will get fans on their side. If not...well...at least it will have company with other bombs.
Aaron Magulick has been a fan of anime ever since being exposed to it in the late '90s. A fan of nearly all genres, he is not afraid to explore the creepier side of the industry. Feel free to connect with him on GoBoiano Social.